Imogene Pass is the second highest drivable pass in Colorado. The drive is one of the most thrilling in the state. At Savage Basin, you’ll pass through Tomboy Townsite, once one of most active mining towns in Colorado. A great deal of mining debris is still scattered about. Most is on private property and is dangerous to explore. The pass is blocked by snow until it is plowed, usually in early July. Unlicensed vehicles are not permitted on lower half of south side and must start trail from Camp Bird Road, where plenty of parking is available. High Point 13,114 ft., Best time to go: Mid July-Sept. Located in Uncompahgre National Forest. For current conditions call Norwood or Ouray Ranger District (970) 327-4261.
Moderate. Do not take this trip lightly. The road is rocky, steep and narrow in places and passing can be dangerous. Stock SUVs should have low-range gearing, 4-wheel drive, high clearance and skid plates. Experienced drivers only.
Although this trip can be driven in either direction, we find it easier starting in Telluride. This allows you to drive downhill on the steeper, rockier north side. Take the first part of the day to reach Telluride via Ophir Pass or difficult Black Bear Pass. See FunTreks eGuides for Ophir Pass and Black Bear Pass for more information. High alpine environment: carry plenty water, food, rain gear and warm clothing.
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This section of road has been washed out in the past, but recent repairs have made it safe. Difficult to pass here. Remember uphill traffic has right of way. ATVs are not allowed on this section of road although you may see some illegal riders.
Stay left on the main route through townsite. Structures should be viewed from a safe distance. Over 900 people lived here as late as 1927. This is good place for ATVs to turn around and head back to Ouray side.